A.J. Porfirio - @vanrydergames


A.J. started Van Ryder Games in 2011 and it has grown every year going from a tiny 1-man outfit to a bigger, but still small, 2-man company. With a love and a passion for thematic games that immerse players, A.J. continues to lead and manage VRG with a goal of bringing customers experiences they will never forget.  A.J. has an affinity for solitaire games which led him to design Hostage Negotiator, VRG's best selling title and a game line that continues to expand.


Hostage Negotiator, Solitaire Game of the year 2015


Evan Derrick - @evanderrick

Creative Director

Evan joined Van Ryder Games in 2016 and has stepped in as an integral part of the team. Evan is a game designer (Dark Moon), marketer, graphic designer, and art director.  Evan shares A.J.'s and the company's passion for making thematic games and will soon have his first published game with VRG in the upcoming Detective: City of Angels.




Shaun Varsos - @thevarsos

Manager of Business & Product Development

Shaun is very active in online communities and has been since being introduced to board games a few years ago. Additionally, he has managed Van Ryder Games’ booth at several conventions last year including Gen Con, Origins, and Pax Unplugged. He has a professional background in cyber security and has also worked for technology and entertainment companies such as Apple, Best Buy, and Game Stop.


Visit the Van Ryder Games Team at Upcoming Conventions

Essen Spiel — October 25-28 (Essen, Germany)
PAX Unplugged — December 6-8 (Philadelphia, PA)

As always we invite you to stop by and say "hello," check out our latest offerings, and maybe pick up a game or two from our growing lineup of games, expansions and graphic novels! We look forward to seeing you. — A.J., Evan, and Shaun